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What do we make of Warriors already blowing three double-digit leads?

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What do we make of Warriors already blowing three double-digit leads?

Captured as we are in the amber jar of Small Sample Size Theatre, there is something about the Warriors worth chewing on as they head for Philadelphia and a date with the precocious Philadelphia 76ers Saturday evening.
 
They now seem to disregard large leads as beneath them.
 
I’m not prepared to say what this means, but three of their losses this year (out of four, of course) have featured them hurling up a double-digit lead – 17 in the second quarter and 16 in the third quarter against Houston, 
13 against Detroit and 17 in the second and third quarters against Boston Thursday night.
 
This is more games in which they have done so than all of last season, in which they blew a 14-point lead Christmas Day in Cleveland and a 17-point lead at home to Memphis 13 days later.
 
In other words, this could just be a phase they are going through as the team that knows it can produce at will and believes the other teams will cower in fear at the mere sight of their power and fold like 200-thread towels.
 
But three times in four weeks would be enough for head coach Steve Kerr to find a new way to put foot to hinder at future practices. It suggests that the Warriors, having outgrown their early weariness from a fun-filled summer (hey, they went to China and didn’t get busted for anything, so there’s that), maybe take themselves a bit for granted, and Kerr and team lecturers Draymond Green, David West and Andre Iguodala will now have something to help them all correct in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Oklahoma City and then home again.
 
I mean, what’s the point of having a big lead if you can’t enjoy it by making it bigger and bigger? What’s the value of leading by 17 and calling it a night when you can lead by 29 and THEN put your feet up? I mean, Houston did it last night and took the whole second half off.
 
Anyway, that’s today’s Warriors Gristle – what to do when you think you’ve won enough hands and find out you haven’t. Tomorrow, we’ll touch on what they need to do about keeping those old Kevin-Durant-back-in-OKC story lines tired and repetitive.

Kerr speaks out on Alabama senate selection, 'decency needs to win out'

Kerr speaks out on Alabama senate selection, 'decency needs to win out'

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr is not a frequent tweeter, and when the Warriors coach does engage on Twitter rarely is it related to basketball.

It wasn’t on Tuesday, either, when he posted a pair of two-word tweets that made it obvious he had taken a side in the highly publicized and very contentious Alabama senate race between Doug Jones of the Democratic party and Republican Roy Moore.

The first Kerr tweet: “Roll Tide.”


The second: “War Eagle.” 

Both came shortly after it was announced that Jones had won the election.

“I couldn’t resist,” Kerr said, before turning facetious. “It’s bowl season. I’m a big SEC football fan.”

Roll Tide is the slogan affiliated with University of Alabama sports, while War Eagle is affiliated with Auburn University, also in Alabama.

“Decency needs to win out,” he said. “This has nothing to do with party affiliation. We need high character people in our positions of leadership. And the more decisions like this we can make, where we choose character over party, we choose country over party, the better off we’re going to be.

“I was very pleased. It’s a good sign. As a country, we need to get away from the partisan divide and start focusing on just quality people, getting good people in positions of leadership. And iron out our difference and promote unity and not try to separate this country. It’s critical.”

President Donald Trump was in support of Moore despite credible allegations from numerous women, saying they were victims of sexual misconduct and assault when they were children. News reports out of Alabama indicated that Moore’s predilection was known by many and has been for years.

Jones, by contrast, was best known as the District Attorney who in the late 1990s successfully prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members that participated in the bombing of a Birmingham church in 1963, an act of domestic terrorism that killed four black girls, none more than 14 years old.

“Today is a really important day,” Kerr said. “It’s all about high character and values and the way you treat people. I don’t care -- Democrat, Republican, Independent -- had we put a known pedophile in the senate, what would that have said about us?

“Let’s get to the point where this is all about us, and not them. It’s about leadership and character and morality. Let’s be better.”

Kerr provides update on ailing Warriors, 'going to be very careful'

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Kerr provides update on ailing Warriors, 'going to be very careful'

OAKLAND -- Despite Tuesday being an “off” day, the Warriors didn’t have much of a practice Wednesday, which may or may not be related to the absence of team firebrand Draymond Green.

Green, who has missed two of the last three games, continues to be excluded from physical activities as a precaution against aggravating his sore right shoulder.

So, for now, the sixth-year forward remains on the sideline, along with guard Nick Young, who is in concussion protocol and, of course, Stephen Curry, who has been out since Dec. 4 with a right ankle sprain.

Though Curry again was at the team facility, working out in the exercise room, he will be out for at least another week and likely longer.

“He’s just going through rehab every day, not on the court,” coach Steve Kerr said, adding that the next update on Curry will come next week.

Green and Young are doubtful for the game against the Mavericks on Thursday at Oracle Arena. Though starting center Zaza Pachulia returned to practice, his status for Thursday also is uncertain.

“I would say Zaza is doubtful for tomorrow,” Kerr said. “Draymond, I’d shocked if he played. It doesn’t make any sense for him to play.”

Kerr cited the general demands of the past few seasons the primary reason for caution with Green. The Warriors have played 308 games -- including 62 in the postseason -- since Kerr arrived before the 2014-15 season.

“Four years in a row, we’re trying to get to The Finals,” he said. “Our guys have played a lot of games. So we’re just going to be very careful.”